Course: Sciences in Ancient and Middle Age

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Course title Sciences in Ancient and Middle Age
Course code KFI/FAV1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Kočandrle Radim, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Dostálová Ludmila, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Historical interpretations of the relationship of myth, philosophy, science. Ancient science and the East. Sources of ancient theoretical thinking. Pythagoras and the sources of ancient mathematics. Eleatics and the problem of infinity (Parmenides, Zenon). Idea of Space by pre-sokratics. Classical models of ancient cosmos. Antique atomics (Leukipos, Democritus, Epicurus, Lukretius Carus). Platon and theoretical foundations of mathematics. Philosophy of Nature in Aristotle's work. Medieval conception of nature and man (Platonism, Eriugena, Thomas Aquinas, Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides). Fates of ancient science programs in the Middle Ages. Rethinking assumptions ancient science in the Middle Ages (Tertullian, Augustine of Hippo, Plotinus, Albert Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Robert Grosseteste, Buridan).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminar classes, Lecture
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 38 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 40 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students will gain an overview of the issue. Get acquainted with the fate of ancient science in historical context. They will be able to confront the various systems and analyze their relationship. Students are able to apply acquired information in many planes issues (myth, philosophy, science, history).
teaching methods
Lecture
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Oral exam
Quality of a written report
Recommended literature
  • Armstrong, A. H. Filosofie pozdní antiky: od staré Akademie po Jana Eriugenu. Praha, 2002. ISBN 80-7298-053-X.
  • De Libera, Alain. Středověká filosofie : byzantská, islámská, židovská a latinská filosofie. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2001. ISBN 80-7298-026-2.
  • Graeser, Andreas. Řecká filosofie klasického období : sofisté, Sókratés a sokratikové, Platón a Aristotelés. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2000. ISBN 80-7298-019-X.
  • Guthrie, W. K. C. A History of Greek Philosophy I-VI. Cambridge.
  • Hussey, Edward. Presokratici. [1. vyd.]. [Praha] : Rezek, 1997. ISBN 80-86027-07-4.
  • Kahn, Charles H. Anaximander and the origins of Greek cosmology. Indianapolis : Hackett, 1994. ISBN 0-87220-255-0.
  • Karfíková, Lenka. Studie z patristiky a scholastiky. 1. vyd. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1997. ISBN 80-86005-32-1.
  • Kirk, G. S.; Raven, J. E.; Schofield, Malcolm. Předsókratovští filosofové : kritické dějiny s vybranými texty. Vyd. 1. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2004. ISBN 80-7298-110-2.
  • Lloyd, G. E. R. Methods and problems in Greek science. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0-521-39762-9.
  • Long, Anthony A. Hellénistická filosofie : stoikové, epikurejci, skeptikové. Vyd. 1. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2003. ISBN 80-7298-077-7.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts European Cultural Studies (10-3) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts European Cultural Studies (16-2) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Analytic Philosophy and Philosophy of Sciences (11-1,2,3) Philosophy, theology 2 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts European Cultural Studies (16-2) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts European Cultural Studies (10-3) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter